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verb (used with object)
  1. to consider or examine by argument, comment, etc.; talk over or write about, especially to explore solutions; debate: to discuss the proposed law on taxes.
  2. Civil Law.
    1. to collect a debt from (the person primarily liable) before proceeding against the person secondarily liable.
    2. to execute against the movable property of (a debtor) before proceeding against the debtor's immovable property, as land.
  3. Rare. to consume (food or drink) enthusiastically.
  4. Obsolete. to make known; reveal.
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Origin of discuss

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French discusser) < Latin discussus struck asunder, shaken, scattered, past participle of discutere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -cutere (combining form of quatere to shake, strike)
Related formsdis·cuss·er, noundis·cuss·a·ble, dis·cuss·i·ble, adjectivenon·dis·cus·si·ble, adjectiveo·ver·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)pre·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)re·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)un·dis·cuss·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cussed, adjectiveun·dis·cuss·i·ble, adjectivewell-dis·cussed, adjective
Can be confuseddiscus discussdiscussed disgust


Synonym study

1. See argue.
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Examples from the Web for discussable

Historical Examples

  • You speak of it as a discussable thing—it's the cream of your letter.

    The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II

    Henry James

  • But the decisive and discussable form of this is well summed up in that phrase about the health adviser of society.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

    G. K. Chesterton

  • She also affirmed that the limitation of armaments desired by President Wilson was "discussable."

  • She declined to treat any question of Milly's own "paying" power as discussable; that Milly would pay a hundred per cent.

British Dictionary definitions for discussable


verb (tr)
  1. to have a conversation about; consider by talking over; debate
  2. to treat (a subject) in speech or writingthe first three volumes discuss basic principles
  3. facetious, rare to eat or drink with enthusiasm
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Derived Formsdiscussant or discusser, noundiscussible or discussable, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin discussus examined, from discutere to investigate, from Latin: to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + quatere to shake, strike
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Word Origin and History for discussable



mid-14c., "to examine, investigate," from Latin discuss-, past participle stem of discutere "to dash to pieces, agitate," in Late Latin and Vulgar Latin also "to discuss, investigate" (see discussion). Meaning "examine by argument, debate" is from mid-15c. Related: Discussed; discussing.

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